Apr 15, 2010 11:48 AM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Barbara County animal control officer who returned a beaten puppy to his owner, causing community outrage, says he was unfairly fired.
Renato Perez blames a lack of training from County Animal Services and poor communication from sheriff's deputies for his decision to return the 6-month-old pit bull to Francis Henry Takacs.
The Goleta man was cited March 21 for animal cruelty after someone reported hearing the 28-year-old man beating his yelping puppy with a piece of wood.
Perez says deputies never told him the dog was bleeding and there was no sign of trauma. He told the News-Press he was unfairly turned into a scapegoat by Animal Services and fired.
Animal Services director Jan Glick says she cannot discuss personnel matters.
Information from: Santa Barbara News-Press,
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